Man charged with robbing woman at car wash in Raleigh, drug possession

From staff reportsJuly 23, 2013 

Kenneth Lee Hayes


— Police charged a man with using a realistic BB gun to rob a woman at a car wash Monday morning and with having cocaine and marijuana at his apartment when they arrested him later in the day.

Arrest warrants said that Kenneth Lee Hayes, 51, had a BB gun that “looks like a real pistol” and used it to rob a woman who was vacuuming out her car at the Sparkling Clean Car Wash, just off Pleasant Valley Road near Glenwood Avenue.

Hayes took the contents of her purse, including cash, a passport and a bank card, Officer N.D. Braswell stated.

The woman ran to a nearby Walmart store to get help.

An investigation led police to Hayes’ apartment at 5104 Hollyridge Road, about a quarter-mile from the robbery scene, police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said Tuesday.

There, according to the warrants, police found two bags holding 2.9 and 0.4 grams of cocaine, marijuana, a homemade pipe for smoking drugs and five needles.

Police arrested Hayes about 12:45 p.m., according to a report.

In addition to robbery with a dangerous weapon, police charged Hayes with possession of cocaine with intent to sell or distribute it, misdemeanor marijuana possession, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and a felony of maintaining a dwelling as a place to use drugs.

Hayes was being held in lieu of $301,000 bail for a court appearance Tuesday.

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